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Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level

6th Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

6th Grade Islamic Studies

  • Fard Ayn Program
  • Right and responsibilities toward parents
  • Aqida (Islamic Creed)
  • Fique (jurisprudence) of purification, prayer, and fasting in the month of Ramadan

6th Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

6th Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.

Grammar:

Grammar in 6th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. New grammar rules are introduced and older ideas are mastered.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 6th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, business letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of trickster tales, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

6th Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • Hatchet
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • The Little Princess
  • Biography of Sitting Bull

6th Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Treasure Island
  • White Fang
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • National Velvet

6th Grade Social Studies

  • U.S. history with a focus on themes of identity, family and migration
  • Circumstances for migration in various periods of U.S history
  • Uprisings in the United States including the American Revolution, Abolitionist Movement, Suffragist Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Labor Movement and Gay Rights Movement; children and justice

6th Grade Math

  • Mastery with logic and problem-solving strategies and mastery in making math-related connections to the world beyond the classroom
  • Whole number operations, basic arithmetic operations, estimation, complex problem-solving using whole numbers and complex problem-solving using decimals
  • Comparing and ordering fractions and finding fraction/decimal equivalents
  • Computation of percentages, interest and compound interest
  • Number theories and properties, order of operations, property of zero, distributive, associative, commutative, and identity properties
  • Evaluation of simple numerical phrases with one or two algebraic variables
  • Squares of whole numbers, Pythagorean Theorem
  • Use of both metric system and system of measurement commonly used in the United
  • Linear measurement including perimeter, patterns, functions and algebra

6th Grade Science

  • Botany, botanical classification, roots, stems and nutrient cycles
  • Leaves and photosynthesis, flowers and reproduction, plant adaptations, plants in rainforest, alpine and desert environments
  • Aquatic animals: anatomy, behavior, diversity, habitats
  • Ecology — introduction to basic patterns and processes in ecosystems with an emphasis on the estuarine system of the greater San Francisco Bay/San Pablo Bay and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta
  • Populations, keystone species, energy webs and trophic cascades
  • Foraging strategies and survival at extremes, measures and samples on biodiversity

6th Grade Art

  • Painting, sewing, sculpture, needle felting, ceramics, murals, digital mediums, photography, observational drawing and more

6th Grade Stewardship Program

  • Community and school serve one another over time
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Create recycling campaign for Peace Terrace and the Masjid community
  • Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change

6th Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

6th Grade PE

  • Moving through space and time involving effort
  • Team building, cooperative activities
  • Soccer, ultimate games, capture the flag, yard games
  • Volleyball, basketball, badminton, floor hockey and juggling